“WITH A YOUNG,GAMING-OBSESSED POPULATION, THIS IS OUR WAY TO HELP”: SAFEIS TEAM BEHIND GAMERS WITHOUT BORDERS ON TAKING THE LEAD IN UNITING ESPORTS WORLD AGAINST COVID-19

27 Apr 2020
Kingdom-led esports event is bringing the gaming world together to aid the fight against coronavirus
Seven-week event series will see US $10 million prize fund donated to global charities including the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 27 April: The Saudi body behind Gamers Without Borders has described the seven-week international esports event as “a perfect fit” for the Kingdom due to its young, gaming-obsessedpopulation – as players and fans alike ready themselves for some of the tournaments’ biggest matches yet.
Launched last week and running over seven weeks, Gamers Without Borders will see a $10million prize fund shared between different charities leading the fight against COVID-19 as thousands of gamers around the world unite online to help combat the virus’ spread.
The initiative was devised by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS) and chairman His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan. It saw more than 5,000 players register for its opening tournaments in its opening weekend alone.
That number is set to swell as thousands more gamers of all abilities take partin nearly two months of Global Community events and free-running play-as-you-go tournaments.
GWB’s International Elite competitions – where the biggest and best gamers in the world will go head-to-head to win a share of the $10million charity fund for their chosen organization – are also set to attract a streaming audience well into the millions when they begin early next week and continue on across the most popular titles in gaming for GWB’s duration.
His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultanhas admitted to being thrilled by the huge interest GWB has already drawn from gamers around the world.
He believes the passion for esports across the Kingdom made SAFEIS the perfect host for such a global gaming initiative.
His Highness said: “The inspiration behind Gamers Without Borders was our young, gaming-obsessed population, and the appreciation and acknowledgement they have for the role they feel they can play in helping in the global battle against COVID-19.
“With 70% of our population under the age of 30 and almost 20 million Saudis actively engaged in both playing and watching esports, SAFEIS represents one of the world’s most exciting and growing gaming communities. By being government-backed, we also have the privilege of being able to put on an event the size and scale of Gamers Without Borders that can really make a difference. That, to us, is a perfect fit.
“Saudi Arabia wants to do everything it can to help in the fight against Covid-19. Engaging our impassioned young population of gamers and a global participating audience of millions through Gaming Without Borders encourages people to stay at home and collectively help battle the spreadof coronavirus. This is our way of helping.”
Gamers Without Borders ¬– which has more than $1.3million of prizes and giveaways up for grabs for Saudi players –is running now through June 7th.
This week sees the launch of community tournaments in both FIFA20 and Fortnite, plus the International Elite’s much-awaited opening battles on PUBG, which fans can stream live from home.
To register in taking part in the event, please go to www.gamerswithoutborders.com
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